Profile of the Day

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Ronald Reagan

Posted February 6, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
rreagan 2

On this day in 1911, Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, was born. Reagan was raised in a small town in Illinois. His father nicknamed him “Dutch” as a small boy because he thought his son resembled a “fat little Dutchman.” Before entering politics, Reagan was a successful actor. He began his entertainment career in radio before transitioning to film. During World War II, Regan served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Disqualified from combat due to… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: John Witherspoon

Posted February 5, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
witherspoon_j 2

On this day in 1723, John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian minster and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born. Witherspoon was born in Gifford, Scotland on February 5, 1723 to the Reverend James Alexander Witherspoon and Anne Walker. Before emigrating to the American colonies, Witherspoon was a prominent Presbyterian minster in the Church of Scotland. In 1768, he sailed to New Jersey to become the 6th President of the College of New Jersey, which is today… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

Posted February 1, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

On this day in 1902, poet and author Langston Hughes was born. A leader of the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes was known as one of the earliest innovators of jazz poetry. His writings reflected the life and experiences of African Americans and addressed racial issues in society. Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902. His parents separated shortly after his birth and he was primarily raised by his maternal grandmother until her death in 1915. Hughes credited her with instilling in him a… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Jackie Robinson

Posted January 31, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
jrobinson 2

Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. He was born Jack Roosevelt Robinson on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia to a family of share croppers. He was given the middle name “Roosevelt” in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who had died 25 days before he was born. The youngest of five children, Robinson was not the only gifted athlete in his family. His brother, Matthew “Mack” Robinson was an accomplished track… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Posted January 30, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
fdr_desk3

Today we remember Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, who was born on this day in 1882. Regarded as one of the greatest U.S. presidents in history, Roosevelt successfully led the country through the Great Depression and World War II until his death in 1945. Roosevelt was a member of the prominent Roosevelt family, one of the oldest and wealthiest families in New York. He was a great admirer of his distant cousin, Theodore Roosevelt,… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: William McKinley

Posted January 29, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William McKinley

Today we remember William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, who was born on this day in 1843. McKinley was born on January 29, 1843 in Niles, Ohio to William McKinley, Sr. and Nancy Campbell Allison. At the beginning of the American Civil War, McKinley joined the Union army as a private and eventually rose to the rank of brevet major before he was discharged. He would be the last president to have served in the Civil War…. Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Alan Alda

Posted January 28, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alan Alda

Happy birthday to Alan Alda! Today the M*A*S*H star turns 83. The actor was born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo on January 28, 1936 in New York City, New York. His father was an actor and performed under the name “Robert Alda.” Before becoming an actor himself, Alda served in the United States Army Reserve and did a six month tour in Korea. Alda began his career on the stage and earned his first Tony Award nomination in 1966…. Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Mary Tyler Moore

Posted January 25, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary Tyler Moore

Today we remember beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore on the second anniversary of her death. A television icon, Moore’s groundbreaking role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show helped to change the way woman were portrayed on television and influence generations of viewers. Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the eldest of three children born to George Tyler Moore, a clerk, and Marjori Hackett. She began dancing while in high school and… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Edith Wharton

Posted January 24, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
ewharton3

On this day in 1862, American author Edith Wharton was born. Known for her stories about America’s upper-class, Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921. She was born Edith Newbold Jones on January 24, 1862 to a prominent and wealthy New York family. In 1885, she married Edward Wharton, a wealthy banker. The couple eventually divorced in 1913 after 28 years of marriage. Although she began writing at a young age,… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: John Hancock

Posted January 23, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
jhancock 2

On this day in 1737, John Hancock was born in Braintree, Massachusetts. A prominent Patriot during the American Revolutionary War, Hancock is often remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence. After his father’s death in 1744, Hancock was sent to live with his uncle and aunt, Thomas Hancock and Lydia Henchman. His uncle was a highly successful merchant and when he passed in 1746, Hancock inherited his uncle’s… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Lord Byron

Posted January 22, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
byron 3

On this day in 1788, English poet Lord Byron was born in London, England. A leading figure of the Romantic movement, Lord Byron is often regarded as one of the greatest poets in British history. George Gordon Byron was born on January 22, 1788 to Captain John “Mad Jack” Byron and his second wife, Catherine Gordon. At the age of 10, he inherited the English Barony of Byron of Rochdale after the death of his great… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Cecil B. DeMille

Posted January 21, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Cecil B. DeMille

Today we remember legendary director Cecil B. DeMille, who died on this day 60 years ago. A director and producer of both silent and sound films, DeMille was known for his often lavish and epic motion pictures. He was born on August 12, 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts. His family was very much involved in theater; his father was a playwright and his mother ran an acting workshop. During the early days of film, DeMille was a dominant figure, directing… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Cary Grant

Posted January 18, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
cgrant 2

Today we remember actor Cary Grant, who was born on this day 115 years ago. The legendary actor was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Bristol, England. He had an unhappy childhood and at the age of 13, left home to perform as a juggler in a comedy and acrobatic troupe. After coming to the United States, Grant began performing in vaudeville shows. In 1932, he signed a contract with Paramount Pictures and changed his name to… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Betty White

Posted January 17, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Betty White

Happy birthday, Betty White! Today the beloved actress turns 97! Betty White was born on January 17, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois. During the Great Depression, her family moved to California. Shortly after graduating from high school in 1939, White made her TV debut in an experimental television show in Los Angeles. In the early 1950s, White became one of the first female producers in Hollywood when she launched her first television series, Life with Elizabeth. Throughout the 1960s,… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Carole Lombard

Posted January 16, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Carole Lombard

On this day in 1942, actress Carole Lombard died in a plane crash at the age of 33. At the time of the tragic accident, Lombard was returning home from a World War II war bond tour. Lombard was born Janice Alice Peters on October 6, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the age of 12, she landed her first on screen role in the silent film, A Perfect Crime. By 16, she had signed her first studio… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we remember civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 90th birthday. King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to Martin Luther King, Sr., a Baptist pastor, and Alberta Williams King, a former schoolteacher. A gifted student, King enrolled in Morehouse College at the age of 15. An inspiring leader, King sought to bring an end to racial discrimination through non-violent protest and civil disobedience. In… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Posted January 14, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Remember reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? On this day in 1898, author Lewis Carroll died at the age of 65. The famous author was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. He was the third of eleven children born to Charles Dodgsen, a clergyman, and Frances Jane Lutwidge. Growing up, Carroll was an avid reader and suffered from a stutter that would last most of his life. He was also gifted mathematician… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Alexander Hamilton

Posted January 11, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Hamilton

Today we remember Founding Father of the United States Alexander Hamilton, who was born on January 11, 1755 or 1757. The exact year Hamilton was born in unknown, since historical records have shown his year of birth as both 1755 and 1757. Hamilton was born in Charlestown on the island of Nevis, then a part of the British West Indies. Both he and his brother, James Jr., were born out of wedlock to Rachel Faucette and… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Rod Stewart

Posted January 10, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
stewart3

Do you have a favorite Rod Stewart song? Today the legendary artist celebrates his 74th birthday. He was born Roderick David Stewart in London, England on January 10, 1945. The youngest of five children, Stewart excelled at soccer and had dreams of becoming a professional soccer player before choosing to follow his passion for music instead. After dropping out of school at the age of 15, Stewart held a wide variety of odd jobs, including a brief stint working… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Joan Baez

Posted January 9, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Joan Baez

Happy birthday, Joan Baez! Today the American folk singer turns 78. Baez was born on January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, New York to Albert Baez and Joan Bridge. Her mother was born in Scotland while her father was born in Mexico. Baez’s father was noted physicist and made important contributions to the early development of the X-ray microscope. An activist and songwriter, Baez often used her music to express her social and political views,… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted January 8, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Today we remember iconic singer Elvis Presley on what would have been his 84th birthday. The King of Rock and Roll was born on January 8, 1935 in a two-room shotgun house built by his father in Tupelo, Mississippi. From his very humble beginnings, Elvis would go on to become one of the world’s greatest music legends. Elvis catapulted to stardom after his infamous appearance on the Milton Berle Show, where he sang his hit “Hound Dog” while… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Nicolas Cage

Posted January 7, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicolas Cage

Happy birthday to Nicolas Cage! Today the actor turns 55. The versatile actor was born Nicolas Kim Coppola on January 7, 1964 in Long Beach, California. His father, August Coppola, was a literature professor and his mother, Joy Vogelsang, was a dancer and choreographer. By the age of 15, Cage had discovered his love for acting. Wanting to distance himself from his famous uncle, director Francis Ford Coppola, he changed his surname to “Cage” after the comic book… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Isaac Newton

Posted January 4, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
inewton 3

On this day in 1643, Isaac Newton was born. Considered one of the most significant scientific figures in history, Newton revolutionized our understanding of the world. Newton was born prematurely three months after the death of his father, also named Isaac Newton. When he was three, his mother remarried and Newton was sent to be raised by his maternal grandmother. A gifted student, Newton especially excelled at mathematics. He would go on to make great advancements in the… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Lucretia Mott

Posted January 3, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lucretia Mott

On this day in 1793, abolitionist and women’s rights activist Lucretia Mott was born. A pioneering social reformer, Mott was a central figure of the abolitionist and suffragist movements until her death in 1880. Mott was born Lucretia Coffin on January 3, 1793 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Her fourth great grandfather, Peter Folger, was one of the first settlers of Nantucket and the maternal grandfather of Benjamin Franklin. This makes Mott and Franklin first cousins four times removed. The second… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Florence Lawrence

Posted January 2, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Florence Lawrence

On this day in 1886, actress Florence Lawrence was born. Often referred to as “The First Movie Star,” Lawrence holds a unique place in film history as the first actress to have her name used to promote her films. Lawrence was born Florence Annie Bridgewood on January 2, 1886 in Ontario, Canada. Her father. George Bridgewood, was a carriage builder while her mother, Charlotte “Lotta” Dunn, was a vaudeville actress and director of the Lawrence Dramatic Company…. Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Robert Burns

Posted December 31, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
burns1-2

It’s New Year’s Eve! It wouldn’t be a New Year’s celebration without hearing the holiday’s signature song, “Auld Lang Syne.” Did you know Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote “Auld Lang Syne” in 1788? The song was set to the tune of an old Scottish folk song and was never intended to be a holiday song. Nevertheless, the song gained enormous popularity and it became tradition to sing the song to cherish old friends, bid farewell to the… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Posted December 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Have you found your connection to a U.S. President? On this day in 1856, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was born in Staunton, Virginia. Wilson was the third of four children born to Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Jessie Janet Woodrow. His paternal grandparents had immigrated to the United States from Ireland, while his maternal grandparents had come from Scotland. As President, Wilson led the country through World War I and helped craft… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Louis Pasteur

Posted December 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis Pasteur

Today we remember French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, who was born on this day in 1822. Pasteur was born in Dole, France on December 27, 1822 to Jean Joseph Pasteur and Jeanne Etiennette Roqui. His father was a tanner and was awarded the Legion of Honor during the Napoleonic Wars. As a child, Pasteur had a strong interest in drawing and painting. However, he was encouraged to pursue academics rather than the arts by… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Samuel L. Jackson

Posted December 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Samuel L. Jackson

Happy birthday to Samuel L. Jackson! Today the star turns 70. Samuel L. Jackson was born on December 21, 1948 in Washington, D.C. to Roy Jackson and Elizabeth Montgomery. He grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and was mainly raised by his maternal grandparents. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he became involved in the black power movement after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He served as an usher during King’s funeral in Atlanta. After… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: John III, King of Sweden

Posted December 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
John III

On this day in 1537, John III, King of Sweden, was born at Stegeborg Castle in Sweden. The Swedish king ruled from 1568 until his death in 1592 and is remembered for his attempts to bridge the gap between the newly established Lutheran Church of Sweden and the Catholic church. John was the second son of Gustav I and Margareta Leijonhufvud. In 1560, John was named the Duke of Finland. As Duke, he opposed the foreign policies… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Penny Marshall

Posted December 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Penny Marshall

Today we remember actor and director Penny Marshall, who passed away on December 17 at the age of 75. She was born Carole Penny Marshall on October 15, 1943 in the Bronx in New York City, New York. Her father, Tony Marshall, was a director and producer and her mother, Marjorie, was a dance teacher. With both parents in the entertainment business, it was only natural for Marshall and her siblings, Garry and Ronny, to follow in their… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Posted December 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Happy birthday to Brad Pitt! Today the actor turns 55. The actor and producer was born William Bradley Pitt on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He grew up in Springfield, Missouri and enrolled in the University of Missouri after high school. Just before earning his degree in journalism, Pitt decided to leave school and move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. After finding work in small parts on television, Pitt landed a… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Orville Wright

Posted December 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
owright 3

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The pioneering aviators would become known as the “fathers of modern aviation” for their groundbreaking achievement. As children, the brothers developed a fascination for aviation after their father brought home a toy helicopter for his sons. During the bicycle craze of the 1890s, the Wright brothers opened their own bicycle sales and repair shop and by 1896, began manufacturing their own designs…. Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: George VI

Posted December 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George VI

On this day in 1895, George VI was born at York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk during the reign of his great grandmother, Queen Victoria. His birth date fell on the 34th anniversary of the death of his great grandfather, Prince Albert, and so, the new royal was named Albert in his honor. As the second son of King George V, it was not expected for George to become king. However, this changed suddenly in 1936 after his older… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Dick Van Dyke

Posted December 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dick Van Dyke

Happy birthday, Dick Van Dyke! Today the actor turns 93. He was born on December 13, 1925 in West Plains, Missouri to Hazel McCord, a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. Van Dyke can trace a branch of his family back to Mayflower passenger John Alden, who is his 9th great grandfather. After leaving high school in his senior year, Van Dyke tried to join the United States Army Air Forces for pilot training during World War… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Frank Sinatra

Posted December 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
fsinatra3

Happy birthday to Ol’ Blue Eyes! Today we remember iconic singer Frank Sinatra on what would have been his 103rd birthday. Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. A big baby at 13.5 pounds, Sinatra had to be delivered with the aid of forceps. As a result, he was left with severe scars on his left cheek, neck, and ear and lasting damage to his eardrum. He got his start singing… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

Posted December 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

On this day in 1936, history was made when Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He ascended to the throne after the death of his father, George V. However, his reign had caused unease in government circles. Only months into his reign, the King announced his engagement to Wallis Simpson, an American socialite and divorcée. Their relationship was controversial from the start and news of their engagement would lead to a constitutional crisis. The government, the public and… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Posted December 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Today we remember mathematics pioneer Ada Lovelace, who was born on December 10, 1815. Lovelace is often described as the world’s first computer programer. She is credited with writing the world’s first computer program nearly a century before computers were built. Lovelace was the only legitimate child of Romantic poet Lord Byron and his wife, Anna Isabella Milbanke. Shortly after Lovelace was born, her father left the family and never returned. She was only 8 years… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Posted December 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
willa 3

On this day in 1873, American author Willa Cather was born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia. She was best known for her novels O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia, which vividly depicted frontier life on the Great Plains. She was born Wilella Sibert Cather on December 7, 1873 on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. For six generations, her family had lived on land in the valley. In… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Roy Orbison

Posted December 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
orbison 2

Today we remember music legend Roy Orbison, who passed away on December 6, 1988 in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Orbison was born on April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas to Orbie Lee Orbison, a car mechanic, and Nadine Vesta Shults, a nurse. From an early age, Orbison showed an interest in music. When he was given a guitar for his sixth birthday, he knew music would be a part of his life forever. By the age of 8, he had written his… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

Posted December 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

What’s your favorite Disney film? On this day in 1901, Walt Disney was born. A pioneer in animation, Disney co-created the iconic cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. He produced several classic animated films and founded the Disney theme parks, which are still enjoyed by visitors from all around the world today. Disney was born Walter Elias Disney on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the fourth of five children born to Elias Disney and Flora Call. When… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Marisa Tomei

Posted December 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marisa Tomei

Happy birthday to actress Marisa Tomei! Today the star turns 54. Tomei was born on December 4, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York to Gary Tomei, a lawyer, and Addie Biachi, an English teacher. She has Italian ancestry on both sides of her family. Her father’s ancestry can be traced to Tuscany, Calabria, and Campania, while her mother’s ancestry can be traced to Tuscany and Sicily. She first got her start when she was cast on the daytime soap… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

Posted December 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

On this day in 1857, author Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv, in what is now Ukraine. Conrad is often regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English language, but did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties. Born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, Conrad was the only child of Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewelina Bobrawska. His father was a poet, playwright and clandestine political activist. At the age of 4, Conrad and his family were exiled… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Posted November 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
wchurchill4

On this day in 1874, Winston Churchill was born. Remembered as an inspirational orator and statesman, Churchill helped lead Britain to victory in World War II. Churchill was born into an aristocratic family, who were among the highest levels of the British aristocracy. He was a direct descendant of John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough, who was his sixth great grandfather. Churchill was born at his family’s ancestral home, Bienheim Palace. The monumental country house was originally awarded to… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: C.S. Lewis

Posted November 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: C.S. Lewis

Remember reading The Chronicles of Narnia? On this day in 1898, author C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was born Clive Staples Lewis, but was known as “Jack” by his family and friends. At the age of 4, he declared his name to be “Jack” after his beloved dog “Jacksie” was hit by a car and died. Lewis became an avid reader at a young age and began writing his own fantasy stories early in his… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Posted November 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
wilhelmina 3

Today we remember Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands, who died on this day in 1962 at the age of 82. She reigned for nearly 58 years, longer than any other Dutch monarch. Wilhelmina was born on August 31, 1880 at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. She was the only child of King William III and his second wife, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont. Her father was 63 years old at the time of her birth. He… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Bill Nye

Posted November 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bill Nye

Today we celebrate the 63rd birthday of Bill Nye!  A mechanical engineer and science educator, Nye is widely known for his popular children’s science show, Bill Nye the Science Guy. Nye was born William Sanford Nye on November 27, 1955 in Washington, D.C. to Ned Nye and Jaqueline Jenkins. During World War II, his mother was recruited by the Navy to work as a codebreaker to help crack codes used by the Japanese and German military. His father, Edwin… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Charles Schulz

Posted November 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Schulz

Do you remember the Peanuts gang? On this day in 1922, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz was born. Considered one of the most influential cartoonists in history, Schulz’s beloved comic ran from 1950-2000 with nearly 18,000 strips published. Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Carl Schulz, a barber, and Dena Halverson. His father had German heritage, while his mother was from a large Norwegian family. As a child, he was nicknamed “Sparky” after the racehorse, “Spark Plug,” from the… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Posted November 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

On this day in 1887, legendary actor Boris Karloff was born. Today, Karloff’s frightening yet sympathetic turn as Frankenstein’s monster still remains an iconic figure in horror. Before he became known for the role of the “Monster” on the big screen, Karloff, born Willam Henry Pratt, was the youngest of nine children born to Edward Pratt and Eliza Millard. His great aunt was Anna Leonowens, an English writer and educator. Her experience as a teacher to the children… Read the full story

Profile of the Day »

Profile of the Day: Goldie Hawn

Posted November 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Goldie Hawn

Today we celebrate actress Goldie Hawn’s 73rd birthday! Hawn was born on November 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C. to Laura Steinhoff, a dance school owner, and Edward Rutledge Haw, a musician. Raised in a Jewish household, Hawn was named after her mother’s aunt, Goldie. After getting her start as a dancer, Hawn landed her first notable gig as a cast member on the sketch comedy show, Laugh-In. She soon appeared on the big screen in the film Cactus Flower, for which… Read the full story

« Previous  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 47 48   Next »